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CFPB Wants to Prohibit Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses

Today, the CFPB announced its proposed rule that would prohibit class action waivers in arbitration clauses in contracts governing consumer finance products. While the proposal does not include a complete ban on all...more

Proposed Legislation Would Set Back Corporations’ Use of Arbitration Clauses

The Restoring Statutory Rights Act of 2016, sponsored by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, was sent to congressional committee on February 4, 2016 for consideration. The bill would place restrictions on companies’ use...more

Class Action Report: 2010-2015

Over the last decade, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a string of opinions with profound implications for the enforceability of arbitration provisions and class action waivers in consumer contracts. These decisions, the most...more

Scalia Sizzled on Arbitration

Justice Scalia wrote some blockbuster decisions about arbitration, enforcing arbitration agreements regardless of their real-world impact, and making a potentially dry topic exciting and contentious. Readers of his opinions...more

Fourth Circuit Holds Arbitration Agreement May Not Waive All Federal Statutory Rights

This week, the Fourth Circuit interpreted SCOTUS’s Italian Colors decision as precluding the waiver of federal statutory rights in an arbitration agreement.  In this sequel of sorts, the Fourth Circuit interpreted a modified...more

Arbitration Clauses Under Attack – Do They Harm Consumers?

Arbitration clauses are a common feature in a large part of my business litigation practice. They are generally enforceable under both federal and state statutes (e.g., the Federal Arbitration Act and the Tennessee Uniform...more

Man Bites Dog: California Supreme Court unanimously rejects unconscionability challenge to consumer arbitration provision

The California Supreme Court has a reputation for hostility to arbitration, especially in the consumers and employment context. Much of the arbitration docket of the United States Supreme Court over the past 30 years has...more

Arbitration policies for wage and hour claims

As the number of Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuits has grown, employers have started taking notice of the power a sizable class made up of numerous employees can command. Arbitration provisions – once the realm of...more

The Beginning of the End for Class Action Litigation? Why Justice Scalia and the Current Supreme Court Are Good for Business

In American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, the Supreme Court confirmed what it had only hinted at two years earlier in AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion. In a holding authored by Justice Scalia, the Court made plain...more

California District Court Rejects Shotgun Attacks on Arbitration Agreements

Alright, we all know in the wake of Italian Colors, Concepcion, and now many other cases that the presumption of arbitrability isn’t just a doctrine to recite in the manner of saying grace before invalidating an agreement,...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Broad Reading of Arbitration Ban in Dodd-Frank

In a variation on a familiar refrain, the Fourth Circuit recently upheld the enforceability of another arbitration provision under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) in Santoro v. Accenture Federal Services, LLC. This time,...more

Waiting for Iskanian, Part 3 - Friends of the Plaintiff

As we await Thursday's oral argument before the California Supreme Court in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles, in Part 3 of our series of posts, we'll take a look at the amici curiae supporting plaintiffs. ...more

California's Gentry Rule Under Challenge

Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court has vacated the decision of a California state court, which held that a trial court should apply the factors set out in the California Supreme Court's 2007 decision in Gentry v....more

Tenth Circuit Rejects State Law Challenge to FAA Primacy

In the aftermath of AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, consumer lawyers have frequently argued that arbitration agreements should be invalidated if features other than the...more

Which Arbitration Agreement Clauses Will Texas Courts Find Unconscionable?

In recent years, courts have consistently supported employers’ use of arbitration agreements in employment settings. During the last few terms, the Supreme Court of the United States has issued several decisions, such as...more

Class Action Quarterly - Winter 2013, Volume 2, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Is the Ascertainability “Requirement” Plaintiffs’ New Foe? - Whirlpool and Butler: Liability-Only Classes in a Post-Comcast World - Recent Cases of Note - Excerpt from Is the Ascertainability...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision another Victory For Employers Seeking to Avoid Class Actions

Just last week Mintz Levin presented a webinar on how employers can use arbitration agreements as a tool to avoid exposure to wage and hour and other class actions. The thesis of the webinar was that recent Supreme Court and...more

Sonic-Calabasas II: A New Wrinkle In Arbitration Law In California

The California Supreme Court’s decision in Sonic Calabassas A, Inc. v. Moreno has the potential to eliminate a powerful tool used by employers to avoid administrative hearings before the California Department of Labor,...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies Application Of Supreme Court Arbitration Holdings On State Law

On October 17, the Supreme Court of California held that, while the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts a California state-law rule categorically prohibiting waiver of state pre-arbitration protections in arbitration...more

Arbitration Wars: The California Supreme Court Strikes Back In Sonic II

On October 17, 2013, the California Supreme Court revisited the enforceability of arbitration agreements in California. The Court released its decision Sonic-Calabasas Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II). In that 5 – 2 ruling, the...more

California Confirms Preemption by FAA Over State Rule Barring Employee Waiver - Mostly

In Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II), the California Supreme Court addressed an employee’s waiver of access to an administrative hearing, in this case a Berman hearing, in an arbitration agreement imposed as a...more

Round 2: Arbitration Agreements v. California Supreme Court

Why it matters: Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (“Sonic II”) presents a mixed bag for employers. While the California Supreme Court reversed itself, acknowledging that the waiver of a Berman hearing is not per se...more

Is Your ADR Clause Enforceable?

A number of recent court decisions have addressed the enforceability of contract clauses that call for alternative dispute resolution procedures instead of traditional courtroom litigation. ...more

Recent Decisions Enforcing Arbitration Provisions

For banking executives and in-house counsel, arbitration can be a preferable alternative to litigation to avoid costly trials and home-town advantages. In this article, we highlight four recent court decisions that affect the...more

Anachronism Revealed: FINRA Rules Trump Italian Colors to Give Registered Members Their Day in Court

It is rare these days for a court to deny a motion to compel arbitration. It is especially surprising to find such a decision where the parties are subject to an arbitration agreement. Using the fundamental principle...more

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